Knowledge Discovery in Medical Database using Machine Learning Techniques

Adebola K., Ahmed B.
2019 International Journal of Computer Applications  
In this study, an attempt was made using machine learning techniques to discover knowledge that will assist policy makers in taking decisions that will ensure that the sustainable development goals on Health is met. Agglomerative Hierarchical clustering was used to cluster the states by personnel information (number of doctors, community health workers, nurses and midwives), this was visualized using a dendrogram. The Exploratory analysis revealed that it is only community health workers that
more » ... alth workers that are well distributed in all the states, the North West states have the least number of hospitals offering ante-natal services. Random Forest model was used to generate a feature importance to determine the important attributes that determined the availability of maternal health delivery services in a hospital, an important discovery was the fact that the availability of doctors does not in any way determine the availability of maternal health delivery services but rather community health workers, nurses and midwives are the major determinants. Random Forest algorithm was also used to classify hospitals offering maternal health delivery services and the result compared with Logistic Regression, Bagging and Boosting. The evaluation metrics used were accuracy, precision and recall. For accuracy and precision, Random Forest performed best while for recall it performed poorly compared to all the other algorithms.
doi:10.5120/ijca2019919221 fatcat:zybv46wfwrfezoudcjkvviezmy